Chapter 17.20


17.20.010    Purpose.

17.20.020    Permitted uses.

17.20.030    Conditional uses.

17.20.040    Density.

17.20.050    Lot coverage.

17.20.060    Yards.

17.20.070    Access requirements.

17.20.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the single-family residential zone is to provide for single-family residential uses and such other uses as may be compatible. (Ord. 1172 § 18, 2001)

17.20.020 Permitted uses.

Permitted uses in a single-family residential zone shall be as follows:

A. Single-family dwellings; use of a single-family dwelling for “transient accommodations,” as that term is defined in this title, is not permitted.

B. Accessory dwelling unit; provided, that all the following approval requirements are met:

1. The accessory dwelling unit is attached to a legal primary single-family structure.

2. There shall be only one accessory dwelling unit per lot.

3. The total number of occupants in both the primary residence and the accessory dwelling unit combined may not exceed the maximum number established by the definition of “family” in this title; provided, that occupancy of the ADU shall not exceed four.

4. A building permit or change of use permit is obtained.

5. A deed restriction is recorded with the San Juan County auditor prior to building permit issuance, stating all of the following as set forth in subsections (B)(5)(a) through (h) of this section:

a. The deed restriction runs with land and is binding on all parties and their heirs or successors, unless such deed restriction is removed with approval of the town.

b. The accessory dwelling unit and associated land cannot be financed or sold separately from the original dwelling.

c. The accessory dwelling unit shall not be converted to a condominium.

d. The accessory dwelling unit is restricted to the approved size.

e. The occupancy or use permit for the accessory dwelling unit shall be in effect only so long as either the main residence, or the accessory dwelling unit, is occupied by the majority owner of record as the owner’s principal place of residence.

f. The above declarations are binding upon any successor in ownership of the property; lack of compliance shall be cause for code enforcement and/or revoking the occupancy or use permit.

g. The deed restrictions shall lapse upon removal of the accessory dwelling unit.

h. Transient use of the accessory dwelling unit is prohibited.

6. Design and Construction.

a. The accessory dwelling unit shall meet all technical code standards, FHMC Title 15, including building, fire, mechanical and plumbing code requirements.

b. The accessory dwelling unit has full living accommodations including separate sleeping, eating, cooking facilities, and sanitation facilities.

c. The floor area is less than 40 percent of the primary residence floor area. In no case is the accessory dwelling unit larger than 800 square feet in floor area.

d. The primary residence and the accessory dwelling unit share a minimum of 10 linear feet of common wall or floor.

e. For the purposes of this subsection, existing town utility connections may be used.

f. There is a separate entrance.

g. Entrances from the original building shall be sealed or provide security locks.

h. There shall be only one front entrance to the house visible from the front yard; provided, that existing single-family buildings with two or more entry doors facing a street shall not be prohibited from using one of those doors to access the accessory dwelling unit.

i. The accessory dwelling unit shall continue similar form, materials, roof pitch, and design as the primary residence.

C. Accessory uses and buildings normally incidental to the above permitted residential uses; a detached guesthouse is not a permitted accessory structure; use of an accessory structure for “transient accommodations,” as that term is defined in this title, is not permitted.

D. Home occupations. (Ord. 1729 § 1 (Exh. 1), 2021; Ord. 1571 § 1, 2015; Ord. 1172 § 19, 2001)

17.20.030 Conditional uses.

Conditional uses in a single-family residential zone shall be as follows:

A. Public and private utility structures;

B. Religious and cultural facilities; and

C. Community or public park facilities. (Ord. 1172 § 20, 2001)

17.20.040 Density.

Density in the single-family residential zone shall be calculated as follows:

A. There shall be no more than one single-family dwelling per lot. The maximum permitted density in a single-family residential zone is four units per acre.

B. Fractional Dwelling Units. If the provisions of this chapter result in an allowable number of dwelling units which include a fractional unit, any fraction less than one-half shall be disregarded, and any fraction of one-half or greater shall be rounded up to allow for one additional dwelling unit. (Ord. 1593 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1172 § 21, 2001)

17.20.050 Lot coverage.

The maximum lot area covered by structures in a single-family residential zone shall not exceed 60 percent. (Ord. 1172 § 22, 2001)

17.20.060 Yards.

Yards in a single-family residential zone shall be as follows:

A. Front yards shall extend a minimum of 20 feet from the right-of-way except for those properties located northeasterly of and abutting Warbass Way.

B. Side yards shall total not less than 15 feet with no one side yard less than five feet.

C. Rear yards shall extend a minimum of five feet from the rear property line. (Ord. 1172 § 23, 2001)

17.20.070 Access requirements.

Access requirements for the single-family residential zone shall be as defined in the street and storm drainage standards as defined in Chapter 12.02 FHMC. (Ord. 1172 § 24, 2001)